Fairfield County Indian community celebrates Indian Independence Day

Stamford Mayor David Martin hosted the 70th India’s Independence Celebration at the Stamford Government Center on Saturday, Aug. 13, organized by the Connecticut Chapter of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIIO-CT). Indian Consul Sandeep Kumar was the chief guest who delivered the Independence Day message and emphasized on the importance of India’s independence and its adoption of democracy. He complimented Stamford Mayor Martin and GOPIO-CT for this celebration.

India's tri-color flag flies high along with US and Connecticut flags.

India’s tri-color flag flies high along with US and Connecticut flags.

India got its Independence on Aug. 15 from the British after a long non-violent struggle headed by Mahatma Gandhi.

The program started with singing of the national song Vande Mataram, followed by welcome by GOPIO-CT President Shelly Nichani. Program Coordinator Santosh Gannu introduced and thanked Mayor Martin for hosting the event. Mayor Martin spoke on the diversity of the City of Stamford and said it enriched the whole city. Congressman Jim Himes and State Representative William Tong complimented the Indian American community for its contribution to America and Connecticut.

The celebration included speeches, children singing patriotic song, a colorful folk dance and honoring the recent high school graduates. Namrata Gannu served as the MC. American and Indian flags were hoisted with the singing of the national anthems of both countries. The program ended with refreshments and a lunch at Tangda Indian Restaurant in Stamford.

“By celebrating India Independence Day in America, we are celebrating the success of the democratic institutions of USA and India, the oldest democracy and and largest democracy respectively,” said Dr. Thomas Abraham, Founder and Chairman of GOPIO International.

GOPIO-CT officials and dignitaries at the India Independence Day Celebration at Stamford Govt. Center on Aug. 13. Shelly Nichani, Santosh Gannu, Mayor David Martin, Indian Consul Sandeep Kumar, CT State Assemblyman William Tong and GOPIO Founder and Chairman Dr. Thomas Abraham

GOPIO-CT officials and dignitaries at the India Independence Day Celebration at Stamford Govt. Center on Aug. 13. Shelly Nichani, Santosh Gannu, Mayor David Martin, Indian Consul Sandeep Kumar, CT State Assemblyman William Tong and GOPIO Founder and Chairman Dr. Thomas Abraham

Congressman Jim Himes speaking at the Indian Independence Day Celebration. Sitting in the front from left to right are Santosh Gannu, Shelly Nichani, Mayor David Martin, Consul Sandeep Kumar and CT Assemblyman William Tong.

Congressman Jim Himes speaking at the Indian Independence Day Celebration. Sitting in the front from left to right are Santosh Gannu, Shelly Nichani, Mayor David Martin, Consul Sandeep Kumar and CT Assemblyman William Tong.

Folk dancers at the India Independence Day Celebrations in Stamford.

Folk dancers at the India Independence Day Celebrations in Stamford.

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